In March of 2002, God used something that I was passionate about to lead me to Him.

I was swimming at the varsity level for The University of Iowa Hawkeyes when I crossed paths with a teammate – now life-long friend – who shared her faith with me. Through that conversation I accepted Jesus into my life. Years later that friend, who springboarded me into a relationship with my Savior, springboarded her way into the 2008 Summer Olympics. She competed in the 3-Meter Springboard diving competition.

What happened months after making that life changing decision caused me to part ways with the sport. Nearly 15 years later I got back into the competitive side of the pool.

In 2017, my husband and I did our first sprint distance triathlon. I also participated in United States Masters Swimming Summer Nationals. In 2018, my husband and I participated in Point to La Pointe, which is a 2.1 mile open water swim in Lake Superior. In December of 2018, I swam on two relays. The SCM Women’s 400 Medley Relay placed first in the United States in its designated age group, receiving United States Masters Swimming Relay All-American honors. This relay also came in fourth place in the FINA Masters Swimming world-rankings. The other relay came in ninth in the FINA Masters Swimming world-rankings. Over the past two years I’ve broken – and have been a part of breaking – age group state records. I’ve also been ranked Top 10 in the country in my age group.

Now, as I’m expecting my third child, I’m enjoying swimming for fun and fitness.

I’m currently a part-time Swim Instructor at our local YMCA, teaching “Swim Crew” and “Competitive Strokes and Turns Development.” These classes are comprised of students who have passed all of the YMCA swim lesson levels. Swimmers are elementary, middle school, or high school age. They typically have an interest in swimming for fun and fitness, or would like to be a part of a swim team.

The mission of the YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.